This versatile New York attorney and statesman served as Secretary of War (1899-1904), Secretary of State (1905-09) and U.S. Senator (1909-15); among his many achievements was the 1912 Nobel Peace Prize for his work in establishing relations between Japan and Latin America. Item #40842
Signature along with ten others on a 4½" X 5½" slip, n.p., n.y. Very good. Faint age toning. Root signs large and bold in brown ink near the center of this sheet. Three sign above him: CHARLES C. BEAMAN (1840-1900), New York attorney, appointed in 1870 the first-ever Solicitor General of the United States (to adjudicate loss claims caused by Confederate raider ships in the Civil War); JOHN E. PARSONS (1829-1915), New York attorney, president of the New York City Bar Association 1900-01; PAUL FULLER (1848-1915), one of the founders of Fordham University Law School and its first dean. Seven sign below him: HORACE E. DEMING (1850-1930), New York attorney; CHARLES C. NADAL (?-?), New York attorney; ARTHUR VON BRIESEN (1843-1920), German-born American attorney and philanthropist; ELGIN R.L. GOULD (1860-1915), Canadian social scientist, educator and first head coach of Johns Hopkins University's lacrosse team; HENRY R. KUNHARDT SR. (1826-?); JOSEPH LAROCQUE (1831-1908), New York Attorney, president of the New York City Bar Association 1884-85; WILLIAM B. HORNBLOWER (1851-1914), New York jurist nominated by President Grover Cleveland for the U.S. Supreme Court but rejected by Senate. Why these eleven particular legal luminaries signed this sheet is unknown, since it's been separated from whatever document it was once a part of -- but it's intriguing to note that in 1897 a nonpartisan political party called the Citizens Union was formed in New York, its goal to promote good government and fight the growing influence of political machines such as Tammany Hall. All eleven were members at its founding, half of them serving on the executive and other committees. Chances that the document was produced in connection with this watchdog organization are good. An interesting, unusual, scarce assemblage.